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New Zealand: An Odyssey Down Under

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Program #20135RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Harry from Peachtree City, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/29/14
All of the hotels were in the Copthorne chain, and were 2 or 3 star hotels, with A/C and heat that didn't work properly in Auckland, A/C that didn't exist at all in Wellington, old, dingy sheets and towels in Rotorua, and only 20 of free internet each day in all hotels. Other than the poor lodging, the tour was OK. But we had rented a car the 2 prior weeks and driven around the North Island, and found that experience better than the tour.

Robert Donnell from Oro Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/15/14
New Zealand is like a collection of national parks all close together. Wonderful experience, welcoming population, very educational; great temptation to return!

Mary Jo from Eagle River, AK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 03/01/14
Exploration, education, excitement, enticing scenery, excellent guides. What a way to see the world!

Sara from Bloomington, IL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 03/01/14
This was an awesome experience with a lot of variety. Albert on the North Island and Liz on the South Island (as well as Robyn, the overall coordinator, were wonderful!

Dorothy from Brookfield, WI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/15/14
A perfect trip from start to finish,Albert and Bruce made it happen.

Robert from Brookfield, WI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/15/14
Everything about this program was superior and would highly recommend to anyone interested in New Zealand.

Nancy from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/15/14
Everyone I talked with before the trip said that New Zealand is Beautiful and the people are welcoming. They were right. We probably could have seen more, but the trip was perfectly paced. A Kiwi friend even commented on how clever it was to go through Invercargil to get to Milford Sound, then to Queeenstown. Otherwise it would have meant many more hours on a bus.

Jane from Windsor, CO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/25/14
This program is a great chance to visit a country with interesting people and incredible scenery. I had always wanted to visit New Zealand and doing so with Road Scholar was rewarding because of the educational aspect of the trip.

Julia from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/02/14 - 01/15/14
This Road Scholar trip to New Zealand exceeded my expectations. The sites we visited were most interesting and varied. Leadership was dynamic and knowledgeable. I learned a tremendous amount and had a ton of fun doing it!!

Robert from Huron, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/25/14
In the past, I have been turned off by guided tours where a bus driver narrated a memorized script. Roads Scholar makes the travel easy while providing guides who are experts in their own right and are, in themselves, life-long learners.

Nancy from Huron, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/25/14
Experiencing New Zealand through this program is a real treat. This trip was delightful as it educated everyone about the effects of geology upon the landscape, the various aspects of thelife of its citizens, and the history of New Zealand's Maori culture. Be immersed in the life of the people who "tamed" this country as well as those who call it their home now. New Zealand may be the last great hidden treasure and this is a wonderful way to experience it.

Kenneth from Corea, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/02/14 - 01/15/14
This New Zealand program provides a super, in depth opportunity to see most of the country. The scenery is spectacular, the people are friendly and engaging, the education on the country and peoples is impressive, and the overall experience couldn't have been better. Our group was friendly and by the end had become a real community. The leaders/lecturers were dynamite. I learned so much more than I expected, all the while seeing incredibly beautiful landscapes.

Martha from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 10/05/13
This is an awesome trip. I hightly recommend it.

Anne from Farmington Hills, MI Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/23/13
New Zealand Odyssey is one of the best trips I've ever taken, with Road Scholar or otherwise. An in-depth introduction to a spectacular country. The itinerary is so good that our Kiwi friends couldn't think of anything important that we missed!

Linda from Hartsburg, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 10/05/13
This was an amazing trip to the North and South Islands of New Zealand. We learned so much about New Zealand culture, geology, ecology, and people in a short 12 days time. The program was facilitated by bright, enthusiastic leaders and lecturers. And we learned interesting things from our travel companions, many of whom we'll stay in contact with because of shared experiences. This program whetted our appetite for additional travel - and especially for travel with such a reputable group as Road Scholar!

William from Petaluma, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/03/13 - 02/16/13
The tour to New Zealand was one of the finest experiences we've had. The guides were exceptional, and the beauty of New Zealand was unforgetable. We enjoyed all of the hotels, the delicious meals, the additional lecturers, and the great variety of experience. All made the trip one that we will never forget. This tour has our highest recommendation.

Shirley from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 01/13/13 - 01/26/13
NZ is a beautiful country, particularly the south island. The people are warm and welcoming. Road Scholar has done a great job in showing us many parts of the country. Our site guide was the best; tireless, fun, caring and super with people. He brought us all together as a group in a short time. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Here is to Road Scholar and Albert and of course Michael too.

Marion from Sheboygan, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/28/12 - 11/10/12
The most rewarding experience I have had in traveling. The trip was well planned to provide a multi-cultural experience and also enjoy the flora and fauna of this unique country of New Zealand.

Carol from Joppa, MD Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/29/12
A wonderful adventure to experience the unique cultural mix of people and their beautiful land of bubbling warm pools, luscious green pastures laden with sheep and lambs, teal blue streams, crystal lakes and majestic snow capped mountains. The history of a people documented in museums, statues, architecture, parks and gardens is the background for wonderful views in the cities and country. A charming language intrigues the traveler. And the food is fresh, plentiful and quite top chef.

Deborah from Cascade, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/16/12 - 09/29/12
I had the time of my life! Fun, adventure, overwhelming beauty. Wish I could have taken my whole family.


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11 nights of accommodations
32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
22 Field trips
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